Assault Charges Have Serious Consequences

In a moment of anger or fear, it can be easy to make mistakes. The attorneys of Godwin Hurley Donoghue, LLP, are here to help mitigate damages to the best of our abilities.

If you or someone you know has been implicated in or charged with a violent crime, enlist the help of an attorney as soon as possible. Contacting an attorney early after the arrest allows us to protect your rights throughout the entire process. You won’t have to face the road ahead alone.

The Stakes Are High

The consequences of an assault charge in New York can be severe. Depending on the factors, such as intent, presence of a weapon or the level of injury, a criminal conviction could result in a misdemeanor or felony classification.

Because the possible convictions range in severity, the possible consequences also vary. You may risk jail time from a few months to several decades. Fines also rise with the severity of the crime. To increase your chance of avoiding these penalties, consult our lawyers to form a defense strategy.

Common Defenses To Assault Allegations

You are not out of options. There are several ways that you and your attorney can fight on your behalf. A court might not convict you of assault or battery if you have a strong defense argument.

Arguments that could be successful include:

  • The incident did not cause an injury
  • You did not have intent to harm the other party
  • You were acting in reasonable defense of yourself or someone else
  • The other party consented to the interaction, and weapons were not involved

We Will Protect Your Rights

At Godwin Hurley Donoghue, LLP, we will closely examine every factor involved in the situation. Our meticulous attorneys work hard to not only build a solid defense for your case, but to also ensure that your rights are protected. Call 716-267-6258 today to request a consultation at our office in Buffalo or reach out to us via email using this online form.